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tonight, of course, was the first lady michelle obama. the democrats' not so secret weapon. >> barack knows what it means when a family struggles. he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grand kids. barack knows the american dream because he's lived it. and he wants everyone in this country, everyone to have the same opportunity no matter who we are or where we're from or what we look like or who we love. >> to break down michelle obama's speech, john king and gloria borger. apologizing for the heat in here. >> you've attracted quite a crowd. >> it's the sizzling energy bouncing off the place. i had the castro brothers who were very dynamic and very impressive i thought tonight. michelle obama i thought knocked it out of the park as you americans would say. gloria, what did you think? >> yeah. i thought she did. if you were sort of a couch potato democrat, you're sitting at home and not sure you really like the president anymore and you don't have the same passion for him, she was talking to you tonight. and she said to you, well, if people can go serve oversea
, by cooperation. and by the way, after last night, i want a man who had the good sense to marry michelle obama. [ applause ] >> i want barack obama to be the next president of the united states, and i proudly nominate him to be the standard bearer of the democratic party. now, folks, in tampa a few days ago, we heard a lot of talk, all about how the president and the democrats don't really believe in free enterprise and individual initiative, how we want everybody to be dependent on the government, how bad we are for the economy. this republican narrative, its alternative universe says that every one of us in this room who amounts to anything, we're all completely self-made. one of the greatest chairmen the democratic party ever had, bob strauss, used to say that every politician wants every voter to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself. but as strauss then admitted, it ain't so. we democrats, we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities for poor folks to work their way into it, where the relentless focus on the future with business and g
a nu obama echoed the themes a couple of days ago.he white pushed in to on such a high battered with public ul the speechics. isermbr. when hurts to haf people perhaps it question is tre as he wats of applause. i'm assembly members? was that public audience? l, we're trying ide with the palestinians, brought in delegations. they may have needed tickets for this and te, of theefore netanyahu had year. this time came equipped to back and both the received several roun usg up we do know that president obama is suppodo phone call with the i want to bring zakaria. ll what in the world might that be like? to say to netanyahu in that >> well, the lot. they just spent an hour talking a couple of days ago. i think it was netanyense that they talk a lot. they work together. there's a lot of intelligence cooperation. i don't think it's particularly friendly. but they see eye to eye on many of the issues involving iran. don't is on whether the united states needs to draw a bright line a very clear line as to when tliger an trigger amer strike. effect to single th
to president obama, they just didn't say very much about the ideas they've offered over the last two years. they couldn't. because they want to go back to the same old policies that got us in trouble in the first place. they want to cut taxes for higher income americans even more than president bush did, get rid of the pesky financial regulations designed to preven another crash and prohibit future bailouts. they want to increase defense spending over a decade, $2 trillion more, than the pentagon has requested, without saying what they'll spend it on. and they want to make enormous cuts in the rest of the budget, especially programs that help the middle class and poor children. as another president once said, there they go again. >> a lot of references in his speech, both subtle and direct, former republicanpresident, ronald reagan. president obama came out on stage. the two men shared a hug, a show of appreciation for a speech that may have gone a long way in helping obama's campaign. a lot to talk about. quick reactions from our panelists, in terms of the top takeaway for tonight? john?
in charlotte, north carolina. democrats have renominated president barack obama after a long and electrifying nomination speech by the former president, bill clinton. >> he answered the attacks last week made in tampa, and plenty of attacks of his own. >> in tampa, the republican argument against the president's re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. it went something like this, we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. now, but they did it well, they looked good, they sounded good. they convinced me that they all love their families and their children, and were grateful they had been born in america. really, i'm not -- they did. and this is important. they convinced me they were honorable people who believed what they said. we just have to make sure the american people know what those commitments are. because in order to look like an acceptable reasonable moderate alternative to president obama, they just didn't say very much about the ideas they offered over the last two years. they couldn't. because they want to go back t
it is not something i studied in school, but something i did for 25 years. >> barack obama pushes through florida. >> this is a choice between two fundamentally different paths for america and two fundamentally different visions for the future. >> the could be sequences of tough choices with california governor jerry brown. and also we will speak to newt gingrich, and also revving up the economy, we have carlos gutierrez and carmax founder austin ligon. homestretch politics with peter baker of the "new york times" and a.b.stoddard of the "the hill." i'm candy crowley and this is "state of the union". >> democratic governor jerry brown sad out this year's convention was back home grappling with his massive state budget. a $16 billion deficit, he cutback what he didn't want. this fall the governor wants voters to approve a tax hike for the wealthy and increase in the sales tax. the outcome could have implications for spending mettles in washington and state capitals across the country. joining me is governor of california jerry brown. thank you, governor, for joining us. let's talk a little bit abo
. to reelect the president. >> in charlotte tonight, bill clinton nominates barack obama to serve a second term, appealing to voters who still think it's all about the economy. >> i hope i bring some credibility on what the most effective way to create jobs and bring america back is. >> these two democrats have been at odds in the past. but they're united in the battle to hold on to the white house. >> you're in good hands. >> look for clinton to fire up supporters tonight as he has before. but is there a risk he'll upstage the president? >> sit down! >> now, cnn turns the spotlight on one of the biggest platforms in american politics. this is the democratic national convention. this is the night delegates have their say. >> join with me, we will elect barack obama president of the united states of america. >> this is america's choice. >>> we'd like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world to this, the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. everyone here is waiting to hear what bill clinton will say about president obama tonight as well as his own t
studied in school, but something i did for 25 years. >> barack obama pushes through florida. >> this is a choice between two fundamentally different paths for america and two fundamentally different visions for the future. >> the consequences of the few with governor of california jerry brown. and also we will speak to newt gingrich, and also revving up the economy, we have carlos gutierrez and carmax founder austin ligon. with e will be joined with peter baker of "the new york times" and a.b. stoddard of "the hill." this is "state of the union." jerry brown stayed home from the convention grappling with his sta state's debt. this fall the governor wants voters to approve a tax hike for the wealthy and increase in the sales tax. the outcome could have implications for spending mettles in washington and state capitals across the country. joining me is governor of california jerry brown. than dwrok you, governor, for jg us. we just got another lackluster jobs report and a lot lower of job creation than folks thought it would be, and can president obama lose this election? >> w
. and by the way, after last night, i want a man who had the good sense to marry michelle obama. now, i -- i, i want -- i want barack obama to be the next president of the united states. and, i proudly nominate him to be the standard bearer of the democratic party. now, folks, in tampa a few days ago, we heard a lot of talk. oh, about how the president and the democrats don't really believe in free enterprise and individual initiative. how we want everybody to depend on the government. how bad we are for the economy. this republican narrative, its alternative universe says that every one of us in this room who amounts to anything, we're all completely self-made. one of the greatest chairman that the democratic party ever had, bob strauss, used to say that every politician wants every voter to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself. but, as strauss then admitted, it ain't so. we democrats, we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities for poor folks to work their way into it. with business and government actually working together to promote gr
said hillary clinton, 72 said michelle obama. >> a lot of her fans out there. she had an excellent speech, there's no doubt about that. >> for wolf blitzer and i. piers morgan continues our coverage from the n pires. >> good evening and welcome to charlotte's hottest hot spot. the cnn grill. the political meeting sometimes over a beer or two. i'm here with two trusty drinkers. and my political all star panel. where else but the speeches in great stuff tonight including rising star, san antonio mayor. the democrats not so secret weapon. >> he knows what it means when a family struggles. he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. barack knows the american dream because he's lived it and he wants everyone in this country, everyone to have the same opportunity no matter who we are or where we're from or what we look like or who we love. >> you have attracted quite a crowd. >> it is the sizzling energy bouncing off the place. the castro brothers were very die n dynamic. michelle obama knocked it out of the park as you americans would say. >> i thought she
good year already, it's not as if they're completely terrified of the prospect of president obama winning, but many things have talked about the ownerous o'o' -- there are many concerns that those rules will hurt profits for large transaction firms for years to come. i think it is safe to say that a mitt romney, ginobiven his wall street background. >> fat cat ceos come to mind. >> nice to see you. if you want to see more of the sectors and stocks to bet on under president obama or president romney. >>> thanks for joining the conversation this week and "your money." >>> 4:00 on the eeskt. thank you for joining us for joining us. i'm susan hendricks. for the next hour, cnn will help you figure out where the candidates stand on the issuings, we will tell you how mitt romney and obama will tackle those key challenges. >>> a deadly avalanche sweeps through at least 12 camps in nepal today. the eighth highest mountain in the world. a rescue pilot says at least 11 people are dead. an entire camp reportedly swept away. now rescue efforts are now on hold until tomorrow because of bad weat
disaffected democrats who may believe president obama's too far to the left. and president clinton is going to say no he's not. he's great as far as i'm concerned. and they all liked president clinton's economy. so he's going to say give him some more time. give him the patience he deserves because he'll get the job done. >> i'm told what bill clinton will say tonight is essentially i'm told it's a very active, very forceful defense of what president obama has done over the last four years. and it will be as well a comparison between the romney agenda and what president obama wants to do. >> bill clinton, he can energize a lot of the moderate democrats, a lot of the independents. he's still very popular out there. >> oh, absolutely. it's not just about the liberal wing asloria rightly mentions. it's also about what swing voters there are left, what moderates there are. it's really about the folks who think that barack obama didn't do enough and the folks who think that he did too much. once this is a man with appeal to both of those. >> he's going to say give him time to get the job done. >
. >> president obama is a tough adsor erpublic. t democrats are kicking off theige e, three daymefour bter th >>> in the heart of the new south, the presidential race refs up. this is where democrats are cheering on the president, and his quest to serve a second term. >> four more years! >> this is where barack obama will try to recapture the magic of a victory that builds hopes and broke barriers. >> if you'll stand with me, like you did in 2008, we will win this election! >> in charlotte tonight, mocrats make their case. face their challenge. and defend the white house record under attack. >> he is intellectually exhausted. >> he has been president for three years and talk is cheap. >> governor romney wants to rebeal obama care. >> this commander in chief must drive home his successes, overcome his setbacks and rally his base with a campaign partner who is spirited and unscripted. >> i got a little bumper sticker for you. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive! >> now, cnn turns the spotlight on one of the biggest platforms in american politics. in a crucial election battlegrou
obama's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter will our guest. also we'll talk to democratic party leader and senate majority whip dick durbin. new york senator chuck consumer. illinois governor pat quinn. and will.i.am of the black eyed peas. >> whoo. >> that's the one you whoo about? that is it for us. let's get right to cnn newsroom. see you back here tomorrow morning. >>> are we looking at 2012 or 2016 here? show stopper. karina victoria caught on the dnc stadium cam and stealing her father's big moment and getting a whole lot of buzz this morning. >>> stern warning. the head of the navy s.e.a.l.s comes out swinging. this morning how t pentagon will handle this very sticky situation. >>> scare on the lake. a bizarre accident all caught on camera. the boaters caught by surprise after hitting another boat's wake. couldn't get enough of this one this morning. >>> and kickoff. the nfl season begins for real today. tonight's showdown, the dallas cowboys face the new york giants. but will the replacement refs keep up? "cnn newsroom" begins right now. >>> good morning. thank you so mu
to their feet. >> and tonight the man himself president obama makes his case to be the next two-term democrat. the acceptance speech moved indoors and it might get a little loud. good morning to you. welcome to "early start," we're happy you're with us. i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> i'm john berman, live at the cnn grill in charlotte north carolina for the democratic national convention. zoraida, this was a tour deforce last night, bill clinton, big dog, showing he might be out of office but not out of tricks. he was part accomplish, part preacher, part lawyer with a comprehensive and exhaustive defense of president obama's record and on offense, making the case for four more years. this was all the more remarkable. remember, their relationship is complicated to say the least. cnn's dana bash joins me now. dana, this was long, 45 points. you got the sense of the people in the audience would have taken even more. >> 48 minutes and 30 seconds by the producers of this program's count. he went offscript as he does do it was bill clinton after all. they certainly did ea
's certain to make a strong case for a second term for president obama. cnn's dana bash is learning details about what the former president has to say in his convention speech later tonight. dana, what are you picking up? >> well, i've talked to several officials who are familiar with what president clinton is going to talk about skematically. the whole idea, the whole reason why the obama campaign asked him to come here and to speak from that podium is because they want him to explain the economics behind his own administration and the parallels between that and what the obama administration is trying to do. now, of course, you remember, wolf, you were covering the clinton administration. and he did take -- this country into a time of surplus. so what he's going to do i'm told is explain how he did that. and show the similarities between his platform and his goals and what president obama is trying to do. the other thing i'm told he is going to do is "slam dunk" the romney agenda. specifically trickledown economics. the philosophy behind the romney agenda and many republicans agenda and ho
velshi and this is "your money." let's start with the man at the top. >> obama! obama! >> reporter: barack obama promised change. >> this is our chance to turn the page on the policies of the last seven and a half years. >> reporter: the promises he made were big and they were specific. >> we are going to roll back the bush tax cuts. >> reporter: instead, he agreed to extend those tax cuts for two more years, in a compromise to get republicans to extend jobless benefits to millions of unemployed americans. >> i have no doubt that everyone will find something in this compromise that they don't like. in fact, there are things in here that i don't like. >> reporter: barack obama promised to clean up the financial sector. >> we've got to solve this banking crisis. >> reporter: but opposition in congress watered the reforms down. banks are still risking your money. some say wall street is as treacherous as ever. barack obama promised foreclosure relief. >> we're going to put together a foreclosure fund to help people stay in their homes. >> reporter: his multiple plans did help, but fel
of president obama and the values that guide him. >> he believes that when you have worked hard and done well and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. no, you reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed. so when people ask me whether being in the white house has changed my husband, i can honestly say that when it comes to his character and his convictions and his heart, barack obama is still the same man i fell in love with all of those years ago. yeah. he's the same man who started his career by turning down high-paying jobs and instead, working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shutdown fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work. because for barack, success is not about how much money you make, it is about the difference you make in people's lives. >> all right. that was michelle obama last night and we were watching it together and one of the things we were joking about is that she raised the bar when it came to the guns, right? we all -- and we are all going sleeveless now a
. >>> happening now in the newsroom, life of the party. bill clinton making the case to keep president obama in office. one headline summing up what a lot are saying about last night, the big dog shows how it's done. >> their number one priority was not to put america back to work. it was to put the president out of work. i hate to break it to you. but we're going to keep president obama on the job. >> this morning, we ask can clinton's magic put barack obama back in the white house? the price of politics. a new bob woodward bombshell alleging infighting. obama and boehner. one quote, it was increasingly clear that no one was running washington. >>> plus, the dnc up against mtv. the vmas are tonight. from the network that spearheaded the rock the vote campaign, are they shooting themselves in the foot here? >>> and next year begins now for the 32 nfl teams looking to take home the lombardi trophy. and what better way to kick off the nfl season than with one of the biggest rivalries, the cowboys and the giants. "newsroom" starts now. >>> and good morning to you. thank you so much for joining
obama make the case to the swing voters tonight? with the distinguished panelists, bill clinton laid out the case and it is up to the president to be persuaded that he deserves four more years. last night it was clinton who forcibly defended his record and nominated him for another term. >> i want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside. [ applause ] >> but who burns for america on the inside. [ applause [ applause ] >> in tampa, the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. it went something like this, we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. president obama started with a much weaker economy than i did. listen to me now. no president, no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all of the damage that he found in just four years. [ applause ] now, but -- he has, he has laid the foundations for a new modern successful economy. a shared prosperity. and if you will renew the president's contract, you will feel it. you will feel it. preside
to be done. >> tonight we heard from the star of the obama family. first lady michelle obama. this hour we will be showing you the big moments, the first speeches and we begin with the first lady. take a look. serving as your first lady is an honor and a privilege. but back when we first came together four years ago, i still had concerns about this journey we'd begun. while i believed deeply in my husband's vision for this country and i was certain he would make an extraordinary president, like any mother, i was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance. how would we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight. how would they feel being uprooted from their school, their friends and the only home they had ever known. our life before moving to washington was filled with simple joys. saturdays at soccer games, sundays at grand's house and a date night was either dinner or a movie because as an exhausted mom, i couldn't stay awake for both. and the truth is, i loved the life we had built for our girls. and i deeply love the man i had built that life
and how barack obama and mitt romney plan to tackle these key american challenges. before we get to that, here's a look at some of the top stories making news today. >>> a desperate search for two tennessee children today, their home burned down a week ago but police say still no trace of the children. suzannesan candiotti is joining. >> reporter: at this hour, state investigators are using teams of people using dogs to search a wider area of the woods on both sides of the road around the house that was insin rated. with absolutely no physical evidence that the children were home when their grand charparen died in that fire, investigators are doing all they can to find those children. investigator have found no sign of 9-year-old chloe and 7-year-old gauge daniel. no signing the youngsters were there and so far no evidence they weren't when an inferno swept through the home where they lived with their grandparents. friends an family don't understand and neither does anyone else. >> i think something's very fishy. >> the more you find out the more questions you have. >> reporter: helicopt
. >> democrats get ready to make their opening arguments in the case for re-electing president barack obama. i'm suzanne malveaux live from the site of the democratic national convention here in charlotte, north carolina. it was just a week ago we heard ann romney's speech on the personal side of her husband, well, tonight is michelle obama's turn. she's not going to have to work as hard to convince folks that president obama is likable. take a look at this recent poll. this is a "washington post" poll. 61% of registered voters say that the president seems more friendly and likable compared to 27% for romney. we're going to have more ahead, what we can expect from the first lady. >>> also coming up, the spotlight tonight on a rising star in the democratic party. we're talking about san antonio julian castro following in the footsteps of bill clinton and barack obama, hoping he'll appeal to the growing latino population. here's a look at the man and the mission that he's facing. >> it's been my pleasure to serve as mayor. >> reporter: meet julian castro, popular latino mayor of san antonio, tex
typically southern white men usually go red, so what can president obama do to gain ground with these important voters >>> money, money, money. your job and your raise. find out where to score the most money. >>> and oh, what a night. gabby, mikhaila, opening last night's dodgers game. "cnn newsroom" begins right now. >>> good morning. i'm zoraida sambolin sitting in for carol costello. >>> just hours from now, the curtain will go up at the democratic national convention. president obama is looking for the bounce that seemed to elude republican nominee right mitt romney. tonight, democrats will kick off with a rising star in the party, san antonio mayor julian castro, who will deliver the keynote address just as obama did eight years ago. also speaking tonight, first lady michelle obama. her job, reach out to women voters of both parties. cnn's edlavendera has a closer look. but, first, dana bash, what are the main priorities that democrats will be pushing tonight? >> reporter: well, democratic officials say the main priority is to remind people that this just isn't just ab
have beat him to the scene, but president obama heads to louisiana monday to see the damage for himself. >>> louisiana was one of the stops for romney as he tries to build on the momentum from the republican convention. jim acosta has more. >> reporter: randi, instead of visiting three battleground states, romney made a surprise visit to new orleans to see the storm damage after tropical storm isaac. in this two month sprint to the finish, there will be twists and turns along the way. >> mitt romney! >> reporter: just before take off from florida, romney picked up where he left off returning to a sales pitch to independent voters who chose the president four years ago. >> he laid out what he would do. he was unable to do it. it's time to give someone new a chance. hold us accountable. >> reporter: joining the gop, the star of the convention, ann romney. >> give this man a chance and he will not fail. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan, tried to set the terms for the debate to come. >> this is the chance where we have a choice. do we want the failed leadership, the stagnant economy
clinton and michelle obama far more than over the appearances by mitt and ann romney? >> the first lady of the united states not hitting a home run, but probably a grand slam. as far as what her mission was to do -- >> the master, bill clinton, delivered a masterpiece of a speech. truly a wonder. a rousing call to re-elect president obama. >> an electrifying endorsement of president obama from the former president -- >> a performance was amazing in the room, amazing on tv. >> reviews of president obama's speech not quite so positive. plus, some journalists are openly complaining, okay, maybe whining a bit, about the joyless and overly choreographed nature of this campaign. do they have a point? i'm howard kurtz, and this is "reliable sources." >>> it's rare in these days of polarized politics that most pundits agree on anything. when the democratic convention kicked off this week, there was plenty of praise for the soft-spoken and highly personal speech by michelle obama. >> michelle obama owned this convention, the delegates. >> i think that we may have forgotten how good michelle obam
for the president. and on thursday, president obama will officially accept the nomination at the dnc along with joe biden for vice president. i'm randi kaye and thank you so much for watching today. continue to conversation with me on twitter. "state of the union" with candy crowley starts right now. >>> the candidate of hope and change returns as president after four years of rough and tumble. i'm candy crowley on the floor of the democratic convention in of the democratic convention in charlotte. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> today, pushing back against the republican national convention. >> if you didn't dvr it, let me recap it for you. everything is bad. it is obama's fault. and governor romney is the only one who knows the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy. >> the president's case for four more years and joining me is martin o'malley and bev per due and antonio villaraigosa. and also, we will be joined by eric fehrnstrom and also the other star of the republican national convention, ann romney. and we will be joined by "washington post" chief political writer dan balz
>>> the economy is stupid, so what do president obama and mitt romney say they'll do to fix it? that's the problem, they're not saying enough. with only 50 days to go until the election, they aren't saying enough. he's been warning you about the coming economic storm and you're feeling it. two-thirds of voters believe economic conditions today are poor. that's according to the latest cnn poll, and it could get worse. while clouds are brewing in asia beyond our control, the storms gathering in washington are of our own making. i'm talking about the fiscal cliff, the tax hikes said to take effect in january. january 1st they could push america into another recession. let's not forget jobs. 12.5 million people without them, because nothing is more important to our economic recovery than john creation. you can blame whoever you want for causing the state of the economy, but today's downturn is persisting on president obama's watch. so you would think romney could make the change desperate for people to fix this economy. candy crowley is anchor for "state of the union." let's show y
obama and mitt romney, they are aggressively kourting them. jim acosta is traveling with a governor romney and he has a lot going on right now, jim? >> that's right, wolf. and mitt romney is out to make the case that the best defense is a better economy. >> in battle ground virginia both president obama and mitt romney pulled out the heavy artillery. romney slammed the president for the defense cuts coming at the end of the year. >> it is still a troubled and dangerous world and the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion over this decade is unthinkable. and devastating. and when i become president of the united states, we will stop it. i will not cut our commitment to our military. >> the president once again blasted romney's hidden camera comments on the 47% of americans he dubbed victims of government dependence. >> i don't think we can get very far with heed lookers who write-off half the nation as a bunch of victims who never take responsibility for their own lives. >> 47% people of the people -- >> the obama campaign turned romney's remarks into a devastating new
wouldn't have said it that way. i think the broader point though is with lousy obama economy, entrepreneurship is at the lowest level in years. we need more tax breaks created. >> more the arican people to throw out barack obama they have to believe that mitt romney understands their cares and concerns and can do something about it. it is hard for them when all they see is a sound bite saying he doesn't care. his words not mine >> well, it shouldn't have been sate that way. but i didn't read the full context that way, pierce. i have read that he wants the economy to get better to create more taxpayers to fund governments so that we can do something about the $16 trillion in debt. he wouldn't say it that way again. the broader point about having a debt reducer and job creator is a good point. >> let me tell you the results of three polls. one is michigan mit romney's home state. barack obama 52%, mitt romney 44%. and then virginia, this is your home state. barack obama 5 50%, mitt romney 43%. and then wisconsin. a clear pattern of a lead and momentum in the favor of the presid
. meantime, tell me what you think. who has the better education plan, president obama or mitt romney? my twitter handle i is @christineromanscnn. now back to "cnn saturday" for the latest headlines. the latest headlines. have a good weekend! -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we are the party that says america can be america for everyone, and that is what this platform is about. >> all week the spotlight was on the republicans. now it's the democrats' turn. all morning, we're putting the democratic platform in focus. >>> romney's there now and obama's on his way. we're talking about ohio, a coveted jewel on the electoral map. former governor ted strickland joins me live. >>> it's the movie making millions, and it has everyone talking, but is the documentary "obama's america" based on fact? i'll talk with director denash desousa. >> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. on the west. as you grab breakfast or brunch, we begin with the one story that impacts all of us, food prices, up by a whopping 10%. that's according to a new report from t
inside the time warner cable arena. just hours from now president obama will take the stage right behind me and deliver a speech democrats are hoping will seal the deal for his re-election. let's go to cnn's dana bash out there on the floor of the convention hall. she's getting new information about what the president will say tonight. dana, what are you hearing? >> well, the president's aides and other democratic officials that we're talking to are insisting that he is going to go beyond what mitt romney did when it comes to specifics. they say that at the end of his speech tonight, his acceptance speech tonight, that he is -- the people out there are going to know what a second obama term would look like. they say that he will lay out concrete achievable things. many of the areas that he's been talking about with regard to energy and education. as you can imagine, wolf, they are holding those details close to the vest. but they're putting the bar pretty high on specifics. so we're definitely going to be looking for that. i was told by one source familiar with this that he is going to t
the culmination of the democratic national convention, president obama will tell the american people why they should give him four more years. we'll take a look at what he needs to accomplish with his speech tonight and convention floor chaos, a last minute change in the platform to add a mention of god and jerusalem as the capital of israel and after president obama intervenes and how did that happen? we'll ask the dnc boss herself, debbie wasserman results will be our guest and new york mayor cory booker and emergennew jers mayor. he is an obama deputy campaign manager and stephanie cutter will be with us, a political activist will i am will be with us and flo ri da will join us and starting point begins right now. >>> welcome, everyone. the team this morning is dana bash, a senior congressional correspondent and chris van hollen, we have never met in person. we have only done it via satellite. nice to have you with us. margaret hoover is with us, former white house appointee in the bush administration and ryan at the end again. we really do, washington correspondent for the new yorker
, of course nominating president obama for a second term, but tonight we heard from the star of the show, first lady, michelle obama. we'll show you the first lady, and the speeches, take a look. >> serving as your first lady is an honor and a privilege. but back when we first came together four years ago, i still had some concerns about this journey we had started. while i believed deeply in my husband's vision for this country, and i was certain he would make an extraordinary president, like any mother, i was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance. how will we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight? how would they feel being unrooted from their school, their friends and the only home they had ever known? see, our life before moving to washington was filled with simple joys. saturdays at soccer games. sundays at grandmother's house. and a date night for barack obama and me was either date, dinner or a movie, because i couldn't stay awake for both. and the truth is, i loved the life we had built for our girls. and i deeply loved the man
, president obama spoke out about all of this on the campaign trail today. >>> people around the world, i want people to hear me, to all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. it will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. no act of violence shakes the resolve of the united states of america. >> secretary of state, hillary clinton, tonight paid tribute to the two security personnel killed alongside ambassador chris stevens. tyrone wood and glen dougherty. she said, this violence should shock people of all faiths and traditions. people of conscience and good will every we are must stand together against violence, hate and division. we have two reporters covering this story for us. arwa damon is in tripoli. ben wedeman is in cairo. let me go to arwa. you are in benghazi for us right now. what's the scene like there? >> well, everyone we have been speaking to and i literally just landed here two hours ago, is incredibly distraught of what took place. they are in utter shock and want to make clear how anguished they are over what
. state of the union with candy crowley begins right now. >>> the fall campaign opens up. advantage obama. today, mitt's slips. >> i know i am not getting 100% of the vote and my campaign will focus on those people we think we can bring in to support me. >> adding up romney's 47% program with lindsey graham and democratic senator dick durbin. >>> and the deadly attacks on americans in libya. it is apparently not what we thought. the latest from house intelligence committee chairman mike rogers. >>> and who are those people anyway? i'm candy crowley. and this is "state of the union." >>> as mitt romney struggled to regain footing after his 47% victim remark, the president was contemplating his first four years and a slight change to the hope and change theme. >> you can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. that's how i got elected. we are at that point on the campaign where everything becomes fodder on the stump. >> the president threw in the white flag of surrender again. he said he can't change washington from the inside. he can only change it fro
, ohio, is so important both to president obama and mitt romney campaigning there this afternoon. and there's more of a backdrop than just the early autumn trees. a brand new quinnipiac/cbs "new york times" poll has the president a full ten points ahead of romney in ohio. 53% to 43%. let's begin with cnn white house correspondent dan lothian. >> reporter: joe, even though a new poll shows the president with a double digit lead in ohio, mr. obama continues to push hard in the state. it's a huge priority for the campaign according to a top aide. by our count the president has visited ohio at least 13 times so far this year. this time ahead of early voting, which by the w begins next tuesday. now, today the president was again selling his policies and his record in a state he says has benefitted from the auto bailout. he talked about the thousands of jobs created but also hit china and went after his gop opponent. >> he's been talking tough on china. he says he's going to take the fight to them. he's going to go after these cheaters. and i've got to admit, that message is better tha
building for the climax of this convention. president obama's acceptance speech. bi clinton certainly set the stage last night with a powerful rousing address. now it's up to president obama to deliver. and what he says here just a few hours from now could have a huge impact on whether he gets another four years in the white house. so we're just moments away from the day's opening gavel. you'll see it all here unfolding live. president obama says he'll share his vision for the future tonight. and his aides say he'll offer some concrete proposals at the same time. but what does he need to say in this crucial appearance, gloria borger, candy crowley are both here. the challenge for him, we know he's a great order, there will be poetry and pros and all of that, but the country wants some substance as well. >> yeah. i think president obama needs to convince the country that he can fix the economy, period. there's a lot of disaffected, disappointed democrats out there who are watching this convention, who watched mitt romney's convention. and they want somebody who can improve their lives. and
-wise or campaign-wise as he moves forward? >> candy the momentum has shifted in obama's. that's a good thing from our point of view. this is a campaign with three debates yet and four or five eththat is none of us could predict on this show. we're not taking it for granted, but we do have momentum coming out of the convention, and some of the problems and mistakes of the rom my campaign have given the president more traction in these battleground states with working families. >> and senator graham, to you, why to you think mitt romney is struggling so much? we've talked so much about the history of the numbers as it relates to unemployment or anything else and how it would seem that president obama would not be dolling well, and yet, mitt romney is the one who is struggling. why? >> well, to be honest with you, i think if history holds here and undecided voters break against the incumbent as they generally do, this is a very close race, and quite frankly, i like our position. >> really? >> the comment the president said we can only change -- >> yes, i really do. i think no one has ever been re-el
losing jobs. but it's not enough. wolf, in fairness to the obama administration, we have created jobs in the private sector, which is where you want them created, for 30 months in a row. the trend is correct. this just isn't a big enough number. >> they did revise the previous two months to show that 40,000 jobs they thought had been created really weren't. isn't that right? >> that's correct. so every month we get revisions to the two prior months. in this case they were revisions lower. what that means is if president obama were to want to claim that he has made up for all the job losses since the day he took office, he needs another 260,000 jobs created in th next two months. there will be two more jobs reports before the election, the last one will be four days before the election. it's a milestone that doesn't matter to most people. and if you're unemployed it certainly doesn't matter to you. but it will give him the ability to say i inherited the worst economy since the eat depression and i made up for you can bee they achie ch. that, it will be a nice democratic ad the weekend
romney the bounce he needs to get out in front of president obama? you're going to find out in a matter of a few seconds. plus, one hour from now the democratic national convention formally kicks off. tonight, the president's most powerful political weapon takes center stage. and with the enthusiasm building here in the convention hall, republicans are already pouncing. they're seizing on the grade the president gives himself for improving the economy. i'm wolf blitzer in charlotte, north carolina. and you're in "the situation room." >>> this just coming into "the situation room." we want to get straight to our brand new cnn/orc polls on the state of the race for the white house on this the heels of the republican national convention in tampa. take a look at this. an actual tie. mitt romney and president obama both at 48% among likely voters. romney gets post-convention boost of just one percentage point while president obama has dipped one percentage point. our chief national correspondent, john king, is over the magic wall along with democratic poster peter hart with a very first look
that have built up over decades. >> president obama making his case for a second term in office, but a disappointing jobs report out today could make the argument a lot tougher. the president is back on the campaign trail after the acceptance speech at the end of the democratic national convention and i want to hear the reaction to the august jobs report live this hour. the report showing that the economy added 96,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate dipped to 8.1%. i want to bring in ali velshi to talk about the numbers and first of all, ali, what does this mean? the unemployment rate went down, but the people and to a analysts are not seeing this as good news. >> that is right. in fact, forget the unem ploim rate and i often say that. that measures the number of people who are active ly lookin for work. if you leave the workforce, because you are disenchanted or whatever the case is, you don't get that and the number goes down and ignore that. the thing that is absolute is the number of jobs created or lost in a given month and let me show you a chart. 96,000 jobs are es
remarks from democrats and even some republicans feel was a major mistake. accusing president obama of making americans dependent on government. also, giving a chance to hit back. president obama holds his fire. we're digging into what his strategy might be. and just off the assembly line our brand new poll from one of the states that potentially could decide the presidential election. john king is on the ground in michigan with the latest numbers. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the brand new counteroffensive mitt romney's launching only 48 days before the presidential election. instead of trying to explain away his secretly videotaped complaint that the 47% of u.s. voters who support president obama are dependent on government, romney's trying to turn the controversy to his political advantage. our national political correspondent jim acosta is covering romney's latest stop in atlanta. >> reporter: wolf, mitt romney is now owning his message that too many americans are dependent on the government. he's trying to parlay a gift he received from th
. >> this is cnn. >>> tonight, president obama bets his likability against the struggling economy. >> the pressure is on for specifics about where he'll take the country and his top priorities for a second term. >> he rose from childhood struggles to the highest office in the land. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> my name is barack obama and i'm in the oval office so i've got to be lucky. >> he made history. >> change has come to america. >> and then faced the hard realities of governing. >> that's one thing you learn as president of the united states. you get called in to account. >> now, he's in an urgent fight to finish what he started. >> we will remind the world why this is the greatest nation on earth. >> in charlotte tonight, barack obama officially accepts the challenge of winning his second term and defends his administration against republican attacks. >> it is not his words that people have to listen to, it is his action and his record. >> i've got one piece of advice for you about the romney/ryan game plan. punt it away. >> joe biden also accepts his nomination tonight. >> we must
the parties and the united states, or that president obama has less than a stellar record on israel is harmful to israel because it undermines israel in the eyes of arab neighbors. >> you said it was taken out of context. listen. the ambassador says i categorically denied that i ever characterized republican policies as harmful to israel. >> i never said -- no, no, don. go back. you can play it again. i did not say that republican policies were dangerous for israel. what i said was what the republicans are doing, referring to their suggestion repeatedly that president obama has less than a stellar record on israel which israeli leadership says israel has no greater friend than president obama. i said because they are using israel as a political football, that what they're doing is harmful to israel. not their policies. a big difference. >> and by saying that ambassador oren it made it seem like you had spoken to ambassador oren and -- >> with all due respect, i spoke to ambassador oren. afterwards, he told me that he -- he, you know, was confident that i didn't say what i was accused of saying
that he would not have said it this way, but with the lousy obama e kconmy, that unploem ploimt ove 40%, and food stam republicans the highest in history and entrepreneurship in the lowest level in 30 year, and so we have to do better, and we need a job creator and i believe in that part, we need more jobs created because we need more people working. >> for the american people to throw out barack obama, they have to belie that mitt romney understands their cares and concerns, and can do something about it. it is very hard for them when all they see in the last 48 hours is a sound bite of him saying that he does not care about nearly half of the population. his words, not mine. >> well, it shouldn't have been said that way, and i think he would agree. but i didn't read the full context that way. he wants the economy to be better to create more taxpayers to have more people funding government to do something about this $16 trillion national debt. i mean, that is the larger takeaway. but he certainly would not say it that way again, but the broader point about to have a champion for the s
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